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Preston man visits polar bears


Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Paul Mathison of Preston, Minn. has enjoyed traveling all over the world, including Russia, Norway, Sweden, Nicaragua, and Denmark, as well as other locations. Recently Mathison embarked on a different kind of journey which took him to the frozen tundra to view polar bears in their natural habitat.

Mathison did his research on the internet and took a planned tour with Natural Habitat Adventures located in Boulder, Colo. The seven day trip took place Oct. 27 - Nov. 3, 2014.

During the time of year when many people in our area are going south, Mathison was headed north to Winnipeg, Canada, where the tour began. From Winnipeg the tour group, consisting of 15 people, flew on a charter plane to a small town called Churchill on the shore of Hudson Bay.

There are no roads that go in to Churchill so the only way to get there is by railroad or by flying in. The isolation of the town was very interesting to Mathison, as he explains that nothing can be grown there and everything must be shipped in.

The group did eat in nice restaurants and had good food, but the fact of how it all got there was something Mathison contemplated during his meals. Mathison was the only person in the group from the Midwest and during the group introductions he described himself as “an old retired dairy farmer from Minnesota”, which brought forth many questions about farming during the rest of the trip.

Polar bears wait for Hudson Bay to freeze over and then they live out there hunting seal and even having their young on the ice.

Mathison’s pre-departure briefing from Natural Habitat Adventures states “one of the best places to see polar bears in the wild is along the western shore of the Hudson Bay. Hudson Bay is a huge body of water, about 800 miles wide and 1,000 miles long, or about twice the size of the state of Texas. During the winter, when it freezes over, the bears live some 40 to 150 miles out on the ice, hunting seal along the leads.”

The group rode on buses which were modified with large wheels for the rough terrain and have a viewing platform on the back. The tundra was “the most forsaken place I’ve ever seen”, states Mathison. The rough terrain combined with cold temperatures and vast emptiness would make any visitor feel isolated.

During the first day-long tour the group did not see much for polar bears, but the second day they saw a lot. The .....
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A positive audit report for Fillmore Central

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

At Fillmore Central’s recent school board meeting, Jason Boynton of Smith and Schafer presented the annual audit report. Boynton said expenditures were down a little, with a slight decrease in administrative costs. The general fund has been in t ..... 
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Preston adopts assessment roll for 2014 improvements

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The public hearing concerning assessments due to the Twenty-14 Street and Utility Improvements was held on November 17 during the Preston city council meeting. Brett Grabau, Stantec, reviewed the 2014 improvements that involved a substantial por ..... 
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Celebrating National Homecare Month

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Good Samaritan Society Home Care of Preston is happy to be celebrating in the month of November not only National Homecare month, but also the ongoing 20 year celebration of their existence. This service which was somewhat unique in 1994 is more the ..... 
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Richard Wildgrube

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Richard “Dick” Wildgrube, age 82, of Preston, Minn., died Wednesday morning, November 19, 2014, at the St. Mary’s Hospital ER. Dick was born March 10, 1932, in Winona, Minn., the son of Roy and Marie (Troppman) Wildgrube. He was a graduat ..... 
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Preston Lions celebrate 70 years

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston All

The Preston Lions Club of Preston, Minn. have a reason to celebrate. Club members, spouses, and guests gathered on November 17, 2014 to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the clubs formation. Preston Lions Club was founded on November 29, 1944 whe ..... 
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Lions Club Peace Poster winners

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Lions Club Peace Poster winners Winners of the Peace Poster Contest sponsored by the Preston Lion’s Club were awarded their prizes November 13. Joe Liew, first place and Ariannah Barrett, third place, are pictured. Second place winner, Liala Vorw ..... 
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Assessment Hearings in Preston

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Two public hearings concerning assessments for St. Paul St. improvements and the North Industrial utility improvements were held on November 3 during the Preston City Council meeting. Only one property owner attended the hearings. St. Paul St. Br ..... 
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FCHS to host financial aid/college information night

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central High School will be hosting a Financial Aid/College Information Night on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center. A representative from St. Mary’s University in Winona will be here with a financial aid pr ..... 
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